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The Highway Rat - Stand and deliver!

15/06/18

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The Highway Rat was a baddie. The Highway Rat was a beast.

He took what he wanted and ate what he took. His life was one long feast.

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His teeth were sharp and yellow, his manners were rough and rude,

And the Highway Rat went riding, riding along the highway and stealing the travellers' food.

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A rabbit came hopping along the road, then stopped with her paws in the air,

For blocking her way was the Highway Rat, who cried out, “Who goes there?”

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"Give me your pastries and puddings! Give me your chocolate and cake!

For I am the Rat of the Highway, and whatever I want I take.”

“I have no cakes," the rabbit replied. “I just have a bunch of clover.”

The Highway Rat gave a scornful look but he ordered, “Hand it over.”

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A squirrel came bounding along the road, then stopped with a shake and a shiver,

For reining his horse was the Highway Rat, who thundered, “Stand and deliver!”

“Give me your buns and your biscuits, give me your chocolate eclairs!

For I am the Rat of the Highway, and the Rat Thief never shares.”

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“I have no buns,” the squirrel replied. “I just have a sack of nuts.”

The robber snatched the sack and snarled, “I’ll have no ifs or buts!”

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Some ants came crawling along the road, then stopped with a somersault,

For baring his teeth was the Highway Rat, who bellowed a deafening, “Halt!”

“Give me your sweets and your lollies! Give me your toffees and chews!

For I am the Rat of the Highway, and nobody dares to refuse.”

 

“We have no sweets,” the ants replied, “We just have these nice green leaves.”

“Oh no you don’t - not any more,” declared the highway thief.

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A duck came waddling down the road, then stopped with a “How do you do?”

"I see you have nothing,” the Rat complained. “In that case, I’ll have to eat you!”

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The Highway Rat leapt off his horse, into the cave he strode.

The duck took hold of the horse’s reins and galloped down the road.

Following all the bends, back to her hungry friends.

 

The friends feasted all night long.

They danced to the loud music and sang lots of songs!